Robert Douglas Hunter (b.1928)

Robert Douglas Hunter (b.1928)Provincetown Dunes, c.1965. Oil on masonite panel measures 12 x 16 inches. Unframed. This is an exceptional example of Hunter’s landscape work with amazing detail, depth and line. Excellent, clean condition with no damage, restoration or overpaint. Signed lower right.

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Birth place: Boston, MA

Addresses: Boston/Provincetown, MA

Profession: Painter, instructor

Studied: Cape Sch. Art, Provincetown, MA, with Henry Hensche; Vesper George Sch. Art, Boston; also with R.H. Ives Gammell in Boston.

Exhibited: Acad. Artists Show, Springfield, MA, 1961; Am. Artists Prof. League Show, NYC, 1962 (gold med.), 1966-67 (Newington Prizes), 1970; New Eng. Artists Exhib., Boston, 1954-1970 (14 Richard Milton gold medals); Grand Cent. Art Gal., NYC

Member: Guild Boston Artists (v. pres., 1968-); Am. Artists Prof. League (dir., 1960-70); Acad. Artists Assn.; Copley Soc. Boston

Work: Maryhill Mus., Goldendale, Wash.; Chrysler Mus., Norfolk, VA; Northeastern Univ., Boston; Tufts Univ., Boston; Boston Univ. Med. Ctr. Commissions: epiphany mural, Church St. Mary of the Harbor, Provincetown, 1956; altar frontal, Emmanuel Church, West Roxbury, MA, 1962.

Comments: Best known as a still-life painter of the Boston school. Positions: mem. adv. comt., Art Cntr., Ogunquit, Maine, 1965-. Teaching: Vesper George Sch. Art, 1955-; Worcester Art Mus., 1970-.

Born in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1928, Hunter served in the Marines before graduating form the Vesper George School of Art in 1949.  He studied with Henry Hensche, and then intensively with R.H. Ives Gammell from 1950 to 1955.  Simultaneously in 1950, he began a teaching career at the Vesper George School of Art which lasted until the school closed in 1983.  He also taught at the Worcester Art Museum from 1965 to 1975.

Hunter has won more than thirty regional and national prizes, including the first John Singleton Copley Award (1966), and fourteen Gold Medals at the annual exhibition of New England artists held by the Jordan Marsh Company, Boston.  In recognition of his painting and teaching, he won a Citation from the governor of Massachusetts (1979).  He was the first winner of the Copley Medallion (1988); and was the 1989 winner of the Guild of Boston Artists Award.  He was featured in a major article inAmerican Artist magazine (September 1990), and is listed in Who’s Who in American ArtPrize Winning Art, and Who’s Who in the East.  In early 2001, the Cape Cod Museum of Art opened a new naturally-lit gallery named in Hunter’s honor, and mounted a retrospective exhibition of his paintings in the new space.  A member of the Copley Society of Boston, the Guild of Boston Artists, the Provincetown Art Association, and the Allied Artists of America, Hunter’s paintings are in the collections of the Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC; the Chrysler Art Museum, Norfolk, VA; the Maryhill Museum, Goldendale, WA (Solo Exhibition, 1988); The Michelson Museum of Art, Marshall, TX; and the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto, PA.  His work is also in collections at Harvard University, Northeastern University, Phillips Andover Academy, Tufts University, and in numerous private and corporate collections including the New England Life Insurance Company and the John Hancock Insurance Company.


Artist’s Statement:

“We strive in our early years to learn our craft; therefore we search for a master teacher who has demonstrated this in his own work.  Afterwards, there comes a long period of growth during which we experiment, embracing some ideas for fuller development and discarding others not useful to our creative needs.  When our work begins to reveal individuality, it is still essential to pursue an honest observation of nature interpreted within the framework of varied compositions of our invention.  If we fail at this point, we run the risk of displaying mannerisms that will inhibit our artistic growth.

This is no small matter.  It is a formidable challenge that we try to meet with all our resources. Yet the measure of our artistic success rests in the evaluation of generations yet to come.”

–Robert Douglas Hunter, 2005